'I was born in 1958 into a working class neighbourhood, the son of a painter and decorator from London's EastEnd. Always surrounded by household paints they triggered my fascination with art.
Although always having a passion for contemporary art I had done little to explore my own artistic aspirations until 1998 when I assisted a fellow artist in staging a major presentation of paintings at the Agora Gallery on Broadway in NYC. Is was at this time that my interest in painting was rekindled and I began painting immediately on my return.
Due to exceptional interest in my work I was encouraged to present my first solo exhibition in 2001 which proved to be an unprecedented success setting a new sales record at that gallery for a new artist. Since then I have presented both solo and group work at commercial galleries throughout the UK.
My first London exhibition was in Shoreditch's New Inn Gallery at the end of November 2002 where I presented 'Urban'. A collection inspired by the exciting and colourful imagery of the advertising billboards seen on London's main commuter routes. The result was a set of six abstract paintings, each representing the momentary glance of a billboard from a travelling car at six East London locations.'
In that same year America's foremost collector of abstract paintings purchased 'Arcade Game' and is now part of the renowned Haskell Collection - 300 major works by important international artists.
Since the sale, interest in Stuart's work has spiralled and resulted in sales to other international collectors in Japan, London and the Channel Islands.
Stuart's work has featured in the following publications :-
London's Time Out
Art Review Magazine
A specially selected work, 'Flamenco' was auctioned at Christies, London as part of the fund raising 'Art for Life' event in 2006.
‘Ziggy Stardust’ inspires new exhibition of paintings
An exhibition of new contemporary paintings by British artist Stuart Dalzell, comes to London’s Clerkenwell Gallery from July 24 for a limited run.
The show, entitled ‘Icons - The Glam Rock Years’ features seven large-scale paintings all inspired by classic glam rock albums from the 1970s.
This is Dalzell’s first show after an absence of seven years and sees the unveiling of new work combining the artistic influences of iconic figures in both art and music. Fusing the painting style of Picasso, Bacon and De Kooning with his passion for music, Dalzell has created a visual Greatest Hits of his favourite era in rock ’n’ roll.
The seven classic albums include Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Aladdin Sane’, but also included are Iggy Pop’s ‘Raw Power’ and Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’ albums.
Stuart Dalzell said: “Britain in the early 70s was a depressing place, nobody could have realised that such grim times would provide the perfect environment for the birth of a new era in music - Glam Rock.
“It was decadent, shocking, glamorous, and incredibly exciting. It swaggered in lipstick and heels and delivered the perfect antidote for the times, firing the imagination of a new generation and outraging every parent in the UK. Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust provided the perfect escape for every bored teenager — and that included me!
“These paintings are the reinvention of my first seven LPs (all Glam Rock classics) as a collection of abstract paintings — channelling the music and the lyrics into a painted image — the soundtrack of my misspent youth on canvas.”
Dalzell, who has previously exhibited alongside Tracey Emin, Banksy and Grayson Perry, has shown work for 20-years across the UK including major shows in Manchester and London,
‘Icons – The Glam Rock Years’ opens in his hometown of Gravesend, at The Blake Gallery, on Wednesday 11 July until Wednesday 18 July, with a private viewing on the evening of 11 July.
The exhibition then transfers to London’s Clerkenwell Gallery for a limited run from Tuesday 24 July until Saturday 28 July. Private viewing on the evening of 24 July.